Sonos Era 100 Review: The Ultimate Affordable Smart Speaker
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Sonos Era 100: Affordable Multi-room Audio with Impressive Sound Quality

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Meet the Sonos Era 100 - the newest member of the Sonos smart speaker family, designed to elevate your home audio experience without breaking the bank. This compact, versatile speaker is perfect for both Sonos newbies and long-time fans. Let's dive into the features and performance that make the Era 100 a must-have for any lifestyle.

Pros:

  • Affordable and high-quality multi-room smart speaker from the industry leader
  • Impressive sound quality with well-balanced audio performance
  • Easy setup and control via the Sonos app, with access to numerous streaming services

Cons:

  • Lacks the Dolby Atmos or spatial audio support of the Era 300
  • Limited customisation options compared to some competitors
  • HomePod 2 may offer better integration and features for Apple users


Design and Build:

Sporting a chic, minimalist design, the Sonos Era 100 blends effortlessly into any living space. Its compact size allows easy placement on shelves, countertops, or even wall mounting. For added convenience, touch-sensitive controls are located on the top panel, accompanied by a subtle LED indicator light to show the speaker's status.

Sonos have boosted the Era 100's connectivity options by including Bluetooth wireless and a 3.5mm wired audio input. Bluetooth previously had only been found on Sonos' portable Move and Roam speakers, so it's a welcome addition here and will make sharing music from multiple devices a much simpler endeavour.

Sound Quality:

Don't be fooled by its small stature - the Sonos Era 100 packs a punch with impressive sound quality. This little speaker delivers crisp, well-balanced audio, and a surprising amount of bass.

The midrange is where the Era 100 truly shines, showcasing vocals and instruments beautifully. While it may not cater to hardcore audiophiles, it's perfect for casual listeners and multi-room audio enthusiasts.

Sonos Era 100: Affordable Multi-room Audio with Impressive Sound Quality
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Multi-room Audio:

The Sonos Era 100 excels in creating a seamless multi-room audio experience. With the Sonos app, effortlessly group multiple Era 100 speakers, or pair them with other Sonos devices to curate your perfect audio landscape.

The app also offers a vast array of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music, making it a breeze to access your favourite tunes.

Voice Assistant Integration:

Embrace hands-free control with built-in support for Amazon Alexa and Sonos' own voice control system. Gone is support for Google Assistant, which may or may not be related to an ongoing legal spat between the two companies. The Sonos Era 100 allows you to control music playback, adjust volume, and even manage compatible smart home devices with simple voice commands.

Conclusion:

The Sonos Era 100 smart speaker is the ideal choice for those seeking to elevate their home audio experience without splurging. Its stylish and compact design, remarkable sound quality, as well as seamless multi-room audio capabilities, make it an incredible value proposition.

While it may not appease the most critical of audiophiles, its performance is perfect for casual listeners and those craving a flexible, multi-room audio system. With the added perks of voice assistant integration and a user-friendly app, the Sonos Era 100 is a wise investment for any music lover.

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